Rainy Season: Haiti-Then and Now
Considered the best book ever written about Haiti, now updated with a New Introduction, “After the Earthquake,” features first hand-reporting from Haiti weeks after the 2010 earthquake.
Through a series of personal journeys, each interwoven with scenes from Haiti’s extraordinary past, Amy Wilentz brings to life this turbulent and fascinating country. Opening with her arrival just days before the fall of Haiti’s President-for-Life, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, Wilentz captures a country electric with the expectation of change: markets that bustle by day explode with gunfire at night; outlaws control country roads; farmers struggle to survive in a barren land; and belief in voodoo and the spirits of the ancestors remains as strong as ever.
The Rainy Season demystifies Haiti—a country and a people in cruel and capricious times. From the rebel priest Father Aristide and the street boys under his protection to the military strongmen who pass through the revolving door of power into the gleaming white presidential palace—and the buzzing international press corps members who jet in for a coup and leave the minute it’s over—Wilentz’s Haiti haunts the imagination.
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I had brought shorts to this place, and, looking around as the evening fell, I
realized that everyone was dressed for dinner, in particular Heidi, a blond
photographer in a black dress. She was wandering around the big bar room and
swiveling to ...
The nasty British photographer who was sitting at the table that Heidi was
entertaining noticed him, and stood up and shouted, “Harry!” Hitching up his
trousers, the photographer made his way across the room to the wild man's table.
... back, Aubelin was bowing deeply over the hand of another photographer, a
dark—haired woman sitting at the photographers' table. “At least that one's worth
it,” Harry said. “Do you think it's really too dangerous to go up north?” Heidi asked
I could see him in what seemed to be his habitual corner, watching the dark—
haired photographer. Suzanne didn't notice. “One day, Aubelin is going to pay
and pay. Where's Frank?” “Hey, where's he going?” Heidi asked as United Press
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This welcome interpretation of Haiti provides many insights into a country that few North Americans understand. Wilentz, a journalist, captures the complex cultural ambience and mystery of domestic ... Read full review